Anti-Jewish leaflets were left on a half-dozen cars on Chicago’s northwest side this past weekend, threatening violence against all Jews if Israel does not pull their military presence out of Gaza. The leaflets have been turned over to the Chicago’s police’s hate crimes unit for investigation.
Reports the Chicago Tribune on July 20: “Several vehicles in the Pulaski Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side were targeted with anti-Jewish leaflets, police said. Six vehicles were discovered with leaflets on Saturday on the 6300 block of North Monticello Avenue, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.”
It’s unclear if the cars targeted were random, or if they were registered to Jews who lived in the area.
The leaflets appeared one day prior to a “die-in” rally that was held in Chicago on Sunday. Thousands of protestors gathered in dissent of the conflicts in Gaza; some carried signs while hundreds of others laid on the ground – representing those killed in the protracted fighting.
“Since the offensive began, almost 400 Palestinian people have been killed and many more wounded,” said Hatem Abudayyeh, a spokesperson with the U.S. Palestine Community Network. “Almost 400 homes have been destroyed, thousands displaced. This is not a war against Palestine, it is a war on Palestine. I really hope there can be peace.”
Reports NBC Chicago on the violence in Gaza:
Thirteen Israeli troops were killed overnight Sunday in Gaza, according to the Israeli Army. An armored troop carrier was hit by a shoulder-launched anti-tank missile in the neighborhood of Shejaia, leaving seven Israeli soldiers dead, and another six were killed in fighting that followed, an Israeli security source told NBC News.
Fifty-two Israelis were injured in the missile launch and fighting, and eleven of the injuries were serious. Israeli shelling on Sunday left more than 100 dead, including women and children.
The recent abduction and murder of three Israeli teens and the subsequent burning of a Palestinian teenager have underscored the tensions and conflicts.
Three Israeli Jews came forward last week to confess to the torturing and killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian teenager burned alive in early July. Mohammed Abu Khudair’s charred body was found in a wooded area near the Israeli and Palestinian capital of Jerusalem. He was beaten, stoned and then burned alive.
A trio of Israeli suspects stepped forward to admit to the retaliatory, vigilante-style murder. The 16-year-old’s death sparked widespread outrage among Palestinians, many of whom believe he was killed in retaliation for the abduction and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank.